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Obama to attend Dallas memorial service

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 01:07

U.S. President Barack Obama cuts his visit with U.S. service members in Spain short so he can attend a memorial service in Dallas on Tuesday for five white police officers killed by a sniper during a protest against police shootings of black men. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Rough Cut (no reporter narration). U.S. President Barack Obama visited with U.S. service members at Naval Station Rota in Spain on Sunday, but told them that he had to cut his visit short because of violence and racial unrest in the U.S. Officials said Obama would leave Spain early so he could attend a memorial service in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday for five police officers killed in a sniper attack. In a statement, the White House said, "On Tuesday ... the President will travel to Dallas, Texas to deliver remarks at an interfaith memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center." The Dallas attack, and the unrest over deadly police shootings of black men, cast a shadow over Obama's meetings with the king of Spain acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday. Protests have erupted across the U.S. since the police shootings of Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. About 300 protesters blocked traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul on Saturday night. Officers were pelted with rocks, bottles, concrete, construction materials and fireworks, police said. Police in Louisiana said they arrested 102 people in Baton Rouge on Saturday night and Sunday morning after confrontations between police and demonstrators that injured two officers.

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Obama to attend Dallas memorial service

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 01:07